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Old 01-19-2013, 11:18 PM   #1
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Default Bucket lid thermowell

I've got the thermowell tube, I've got the Ranco temp controller & fridge. Now I'd like to get that sensor into the bucket fermenter. I'm assuming a second hole in the lid would be the way to go. Anybody put a thermowell in a bucket? Morebeer sel

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Old 01-20-2013, 02:01 PM   #2
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I tried recently and ended up cracking my lid. i don't think my hole was perfectly round and I think a gasket would help if you can find one. Don't try to force it too much.

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Old 01-21-2013, 04:00 PM   #3
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I use a #2 drilled rubber stopper on the thermowell. Put the bucket lid on a piece of wood and use a spade bit to drill the appropriate size hole.

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I used a razor knife and a small drilled stopper. Works fine.

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i don't think my hole was perfectly round and i think a gasket would help if you can find one. Don't try to force it too much.
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In just did this the other day. I made a thermowell out of a chrome toilet supply line (there's a thread on here about it, very easy). I drilled a hole in my bucket lid with a dremel. I then got a rubbber grommet that fit really snug around the top of my thermowell. I put the grommet in my new hole in the lid and then slid the thermowell through the grommet. Works great. The grommet size I used is just slightly larger than the one that comes with the bucket. I don't know what size hole I drilled because I just free-handed it, but it was bigger than the bucket airlock hole by at least 1/8" in diameter.

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In just did this the other day. I made a thermowell out of a chrome toilet supply line (there's a thread on here about it, very easy). I drilled a hole in my bucket lid with a dremel. I then got a rubbber grommet that fit really snug around the top of my thermowell. I put the grommet in my new hole in the lid and then slid the thermowell through the grommet. Works great. The grommet size I used is just slightly larger than the one that comes with the bucket. I don't know what size hole I drilled because I just free-handed it, but it was bigger than the bucket airlock hole by at least 1/8" in diameter.
My chrome toilet supply line came with a rubber grommet already on it around the flared neck. Made it really easy to get sealed up. That said i just threw a bit of jb weld underneath where the grommet sits in and on the bucket for that extra reassurance.

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